Kick It Out re­port shows racism in football on the rise

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - SPORT -

Manch­ester City for­ward Ra­heem Ster­ling (pic­tured) suf­fered al­leged racist abuse at Chelsea last week­end, just a week af­ter a ba­nana skin was thrown at Arse­nal striker Pierre-em­er­ick Aubameyang af­ter he scored against Tot­ten­ham. The two high-proile in­ci­dents fol­low the re­lease of ig­ures show­ing in­ci­dents re­ported to an­tidis­crim­i­na­tion body Kick It Out in­creased last sea­son for at least the ifth year in a row. Kick It Out’s sta­tis­tics for the 2017-18 sea­son, pub­lished on Nov.28, showed a 22 per cent rise in racist in­ci­dents and an over­all 11 per cent rise in in­ci­dents of dis­crim­i­na­tion re­ported at all lev­els of the English game. The ig­ures showed there were 520 in­ci­dents re­ported last sea­son across Kick It

Out’s var­i­ous plat­forms, which in­clude so­cial me­dia, its web­site and app. That’s com­pared to 469 the pre­vi­ous sea­son, con­tin­u­ing an on­go­ing trend af­ter there were 402 re­ports in 2015-16, 393 in 2014-15, 284 in 2013-14 and just 77 in 2012-13. Over half of last sea­son’s in­ci­dents, 273 (52.5 per cent), in­volved racism while ho­mo­pho­bia accounted for 111 of the re­ports, or an­other 21.3 per cent. Those ig­ures were up from 224 and 102 re­spec­tively in 2016-17.

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